Privacy in the Digital Age
Great Decisions 2015 | Topic 2
Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.
The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned: Concerns about what some see as a U.S. “dragnet” and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.
This Pew Research report looks at the "net threats" experts most fear, including the balkanization of the web, a loss of trust in the wake of various surveillance revelations, efforts to thwart the so-called TMI problem, and commercial pressures affecting online life.
A 2013 documentary that looks at origins of modern contractual terms in user-service agreements for sites such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. With help of numerous experts, it delves into the relationship between commercial activity and national security, particularly how the government makes use of commercial entities to gather information. Available on Netflix.
An interactive timeline that covers the major developments in privacy in the United States from 1600-2008.
The Guardian's page provides a wealth of information—from news and interactive articles to original source material—on the Snowden leaks and what they mean for the ordinary American.
In this article, Kevin Bankston and Ashkan Soltani look at United States v. Jones, and try to formulate a new approach to Fourth Amendment protections based on the falling costs of certain surveillance technologies.
Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy
Published in 2012, the heart of this document is the consumer privacy "bill of rights," which are heralded by the Obama administration as embracing " privacy principles recognized throughout the world and adapts them to the dynamic environment of the commercial Internet."
This January 2015 report from the FTC focuses on the benefits, risks and legislation — as well as the relationship to traditional privacy principles — surrounding the so-called Internet of Things.